Church Merger Outline

Accessed November 30, 2017.
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Pastoral Care, Inc., an ecumenical organization dedicated to providing pastoral support to clergy, has created a downloadable discussion guide for leaders and small groups in discernment about a church merger. The guide is focused around questions church leaders contemplating a merger need to be aware of and discuss. Topics covered include appropriate confidentiality balanced with clear and transparent communication, candidness between potential merger partners, social dynamics within the merged church communities, selling or re-purposing buildings, clergy and lay leadership structure, mission and vision of the merging congregations, naming the new merger, and conflict management strategy. The guide is easily adaptable to any tradition or denomination.